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Men's Shirt Pattern on Her

Added May 3, 2010

By burdastyle

New York, New Yo...






The Jakob shirt is our most popular menswear pattern so why not share it with the girls? This classic button-down style shirt with collar and cuffs can be slightly modified by adding front darts (as shown in the photos above), shaving some width off of the side seams or by narrowing the shoulders for a female form. This pattern comes in men’s sizes 48-58 (see size chart here) for fitting.

Material Notes

2 7/8 yards (2,60 m.) for shirt with sleeves, 2 1/8 yards (2,15 m.) for sleeveless shirt, 9 buttons, 60 × 60 cm. interfacing



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Garment Type
Casual, Classic, Mod, Preppy
Cotton, Denim, Flannel, Shirting


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    May 7, 2010, 04.12 PMby wzrdreams

    I can’t stop thinking about the possibilities for this pattern – sleeveless and long as a shirt dress in a metallic linen stripe, and large and boyfriendy in grey Italian linen chambray. I can’t wait to get started.

    Question: I see that the smallest size in the pattern (48) has a finished chest of 45"…. so what size is Alden wearing, and how much has it been altered (cut down at the sides/shoulders) to fit her in the way shown? A little bit more info on this restyle would really help!

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    May 6, 2010, 09.31 AMby barkcloth

    There is nothing wrong with Alden, and I like the casual way she is dressed, but why should I want to remake a men’s shirt when there are plenty of lady’s shirts that are better fitting from the start?

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      May 6, 2010, 05.46 PMby wzrdreams

      Because for tall women it is sometimes easier to start from a menswear block and add shaping than it is to lengthen every pattern piece for a womans shirt.

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    May 5, 2010, 02.53 AMby shirleeab

    Great Idea! I have that pattern. I’m going to try it. Good Job!

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    May 5, 2010, 02.52 AMby shirleeab

    Great Idea! I have that pattern. I’m going to try it. Good Job!

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    May 4, 2010, 02.35 PMby scormeny

    Sorry, am I the only person looking at these photos and wondering why, on a sewing-related website, your model is wearing a shirt that can’t apparently be buttoned all the way up without serious gap-osis? She looks cute, but this is not much of a sewing project picture in my opinion, as the finished garment is too small for your lovely model.

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      May 4, 2010, 05.22 PMby wzrdreams

      Apparently you (Edit: aren’t the only one). But since you asked, let me break it down for you. For women with lovely and ample assets, it is necessary to have a side bust dart in addition to vertical bust darts in order to fully (and modestly) accomodate said assets. Without the side bust dart, the only way to avoid gap-osis is to chose a size that is too large for ones shoulders, which is hardly ideal for the blessed bossom (big shoulders = frumpy). So, in the case of the Jacob shirt, which is a menswear shirt and has no side bust dart, it is easiest to make vertical darts and wear it unbuttoned with a modest cami for some understated sex appeal (if you got it, flaunt it). For those who really need to have the shirt buttoned up all the way, one could chose the Emily shirt which already has the side bust dart.

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      May 4, 2010, 06.29 PMby julimurrah

      I was actually thinking it was too small when I first looked at the picture too. Regardless of whether or not the top will close, the shirt does look too small in the last two pictures because the buttons that do button are pulling. My guess is that they put clips on the back of the shirt that we can’t see (photographer’s trick) to make the shirt look more fitted; however, the full length picture and a few others look like the top buttoms would button. I’m sure the included cami is less because it doesn’t fit and more because they wanted the cami look, even though I have used the same trick on too tight shirts.

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      May 4, 2010, 07.31 PMby ghainskom

      That’s exactly what I though: 1. why would BS show pictures where the buttons won’t close. 2. If I want to go for this look, I’d much rather use Emily. Maybe one is supposed to lower their fit expectations on wardrobe refashion projects compared to regular ones? That being said, I like the hair and lipstick :)

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      May 7, 2010, 11.03 AMby jemimabean

      No you’re not the only one. :)
      And actually, if you really wanted to adapt a men’s block (like this one) for a fuller bust, you just need to do a full-bust adjustment, which will add the necessary dart. Lots of fitting books and websites out there detail how to do this. Would have been a nice tip to include in the article.

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    May 4, 2010, 03.52 AMby marcy harriell | oonaballoona


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    May 4, 2010, 03.19 AMby wzrdreams

    I love this re-fashion too. Great job. The fabric choice is really great. I would totally pick this shirt off the rack.

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    May 3, 2010, 07.31 PMby badkitty-1

    This looks great. What a brilliant restyle. xx

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    May 3, 2010, 06.25 PMby ncn6

    Good stuff! When I finally one day get around to making a sloper, the first thing I’m going to make is a classic button down shirt, since RTW ones rarely fit me well. Now I know where to find patterns for the sleeves and the collar!

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    May 3, 2010, 06.00 PMby anajan

    Lookin’ sexy, Alden ;) Great refashion!

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      May 4, 2010, 04.42 PMby alden

      :) thanks ana!

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    May 3, 2010, 03.45 PMby lala86

    I would also recommend to invert the front pannels so as the shirt would be buttoned ladylike (buttonholes at the right)

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      May 3, 2010, 09.29 PMby sarsaparilla

      Good idea, it’s always a little weird wearing a shirt with buttons on the opposite side to normal!

      Great refashion by the way, it looks fantastic :)

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    May 3, 2010, 03.41 PMby Lucha Suarez

    I love this variation on this shirt! I love the styling of the photo shoot as well, it has a retro flair.

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